Auction Napa Valley 2015

Auction Napa Valley 2015

Auction Napa Valley takes place amid vineyard vistas, art-filled wineries and private homes, as well as at relaxed al fresco tables throughout the premier wine region in North America. The combination of distinct winemaking and culinary expressions of Napa Valley’s renowned winemakers and chefs have helped Auction Napa Valley achieve acclaim as the world’s most celebrated must-attend charity wine event of the year. To date, the NVV has given more than $145 million in Auction Napa Valley proceeds to area nonprofits. Last’s event was the best yet and 2015 is sure to be a stunner!

We’re so excited to welcome back this exciting event during such a beautiful time of the year. There are dozens of events during Auction Napa Valley to choose from depending on what kind of atmosphere you’re looking for, from down home dinners to black tie galas at some of the most famous wineries in the world. The full schedule includes:

June 3, 2015: 6pm – Young Winemakers’ Dinner – Meadowood Napa Valley, 900 Meadowod Ln, St Helena

June 4, 2015: 6pm – Vintner Welcome Parties, various locations- showcasing Napa Valley’s relaxed, down-to-earth side with small group gatherings at locations spanning the valley.

June 5, 2015: 11am –-4pm – Napa Barrel Auction – Hall Wines, 401 St Helena Hwy, St Helena

June 5, 2015: 6pm – 11pm – Vintner Hosted Dinners at various locations – intimate settings with noted Napa Valley vintners opening their homes and private cellars while sharing one-of-a-kind dinners crafted by some of the country’s most regarded chefs.

June 6, 2015: Noon – 8 pm – Live Auction Celebration – Meadowood Napa Valley, 900 Meadowood Ln, St Helena

June 7, 2015: Various times – Vintner Open Houses at various locations featuring special food and wine pairings, vertical tastings and library treasures.

auction napa cheersNew this year on the eve of the Auction, June 3rd, you’re invited to an exclusive event. The Restaurant at Meadowood and Chef Christopher Kostow are hosting the Young Winemakers’ Dinner, featuring exciting, new Napa Valley winemakers. A portion of the proceeds benefit Auction Napa Valley. Combine the sought after cuisine of Chef Kostow with the innovation of up and coming winemakers, this is the perfect event to kick off the festivities! Another exciting new venue will be The Napa Valley Barrel Auction at the new and uniquely designed HALL St. Helena winery. Guests will taste and bid on coveted wines directly from the barrel and will explore the winery’s lush landscape where more than 100 wineries will pour current releases and dozens of the area’s acclaimed restaurants will offer edible treats.

auction napa vintner lunchThe Live Auction Celebration, the heart and soul of Auction Napa Valley, with Meadowood Napa Valley’s pastoral grounds as the backdrop for a casual, al fresco lunch created by Napa Valley’s own Chef Michael Chiarello. The afternoon unfolds with the thrill of the big show under the big top tent where extraordinary lots of Napa Valley wines and once-in-a-lifetime experiences will go to the winning bidder. Evening finds guests sitting down to an elegant, under-the-stars dinner crafted by Pierre Gagnaire, one of the world’s most renowned three-Michelin-star chefs. Chef Gagnaire’s restaurants span the globe, including Twist, his only U.S. restaurant located at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas.

Some of our preferred partners are participating in this year’s auction festivities. We recommend checking out some of the following amazing events and experiences!

Thursday Night Vintner Dinners

On Thursday, June 4th enjoy more casual gatherings at “Welcome Parties”. Choose from one of the many dinner parties being held from Carneros to Calistoga. This is the perfect way to unwind and begin your long weekend of reveling with friends new and old in the incomparable beauty of the Napa Valley sipping great wine and toasting a meal to remember.

Atelier Melka Mania – Melka Wines

Time and Location: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 40
Attire: Napa Valley Casual

Join us for an extraordinary evening at Montbleau Estate and the home of Philippe and Cherie Melka for welcome dinner hosted by the couple and the vintners / owners of select Atelier Melka client brands. Feast on the cuisine of noted chef Sean O’Toole from Torc under a Napa Valley star-filled sky at the truly idyllic Montbleau Estate, while indulging in the wines of these acclaimed wineries. End the evening having made new friends with the perfect beginning to an incredible Auction Napa Valley weekend.

Noche del Fuego – Sullivan Vineyards

Time and Location: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Festive Casual

Join boutique winery, Sullivan Vineyards, for an unforgettable evening of surprise and delight. The party begins with a feast prepared by Archetype Restaurant which will be paired with our favorite wines. You’ll feel like part of “la familia” as you dine with us under the stars in a spectacular setting.

Friday Night Vintner’s Dinner

BOND – Dinner at BOND

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Wine Country Elegant

The Harlan family invites you to join them for an intimate dinner at BOND, co-hosted by daughter Amanda and winemaker Cory Empting. Enjoy a unique culinary experience prepared by Michelin 2-star chef Josiah Citrin of Mélisse, wines from the BOND library, engaging conversation and enchanting entertainment in a breathtaking hillside setting overlooking the Napa Valley.

City Winery and Crocker & Starr Wines – Winemaker Dinner with Pam Starr at City Winery

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Dressy Casual

Join Pam Starr Winemaker and Owner of Crocker & Starr and Michael Dorf founder of City Winery for a musical evening to remember. The evening begins with bubbles on the red carpet as you are escorted to a secret backstage entrance at the historic Napa Valley Opera House. Enjoy classic and new guitars from Gibson’s very own exclusive artist store displayed along the way. Listen for musical surprises at every turn. Once you arrive at the stage level penthouse suite a four course meal with Crocker & Starr library and current release wines paired expertly with a menu created exclusively for this occasion by City Winery Executive Chef Joseph Panarello. Finish the evening with cigars and cognac as you take in the sweeping views of the Napa River and the surrounding mountains from the exclusive penthouse deck.

Dana Estates – An Evening at Dana Estates

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 10
Attire: Napa Valley Elegant

Proprietor Hi Sang Lee invites you to join him for an exclusive evening at Dana Estates, enjoying an inventive menu prepared by Sean O’Toole from TORC. Chef Sean O’Toole’s cuisine will be paired with wines from the Dana Estates library, along with selections from the Lee family’s personal cellar.

Pride Mountain Vineyards – Pride Mountain Vineyards Exclusive Cave Dinner

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Dressy Casual

Experience the sweeping vineyard views and panoramic vistas at this secluded dinner in Pride Mountain Vineyards’ stunning Summit Room, located in the winery’s caves high atop the Mayacamas Mountains. Current and library wine selections from the Pride family cellar will be paired to perfection with a multi-course gourmet dinner by Chef Peter Hall.

Viader Vineyards & Winery – Escape to Argentina

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 18
Attire: Dressy Casual

Allow yourself to be transported to Buenos Aires, capital of Argentinian cuisine and the birthplace of the world’s most sensory dance, the Tango. Join the Viader family at their estate on Howell Mountain and enjoy your favorite Viader wines, including their signature “Liquid Cashmere” Viader proprietary red blend. While professionally-trained Chef Mariela Viader spoils you with Argentine-inspired cuisine, you’ll be dazzled by live performers and their beautiful interpretation of the tango.

Vineyard 7&8 – Dinner at Vineyard 7 & 8

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 16
Attire: Napa Valley Dressy Casual

The Steffens family invites you to join them at their estate on the top of Spring Mountain for an evening of casual elegance, great friends, food and wine. Begin with bubbles, canapés and fruits de mer from the raw bar on the terrace before heading into the winery’s great room for a multi-course meal celebrating the best of France in Napa, prepared by Chef Ross Melling and the culinary team from Thomas Keller’s Michelin-starred Bouchon Bistro

Arrive to your various auction parties and events in luxury, style and with ease. We’re are happy to provide various transportation options to make your Auction Napa Valley experience one to remember!

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